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And now, those six days which were to have run out so slowly, had run out fast and were gone, and to-morrow looked me in the face more steadily than I could look at it. As the six evenings had dwindled away, to five, to four, to three, to two, I had become more and more appreciative of the society of Joe and Biddy. (1.19.102)
Pip at first couldn’t get to London fast enough, but ephemeral nature of time conveys the weight of the decision he is about to make.
"The marriage day was fixed, the wedding dresses were bought, the wedding tour was planned out, the wedding guests were invited. The day came, but not the bridegroom. He wrote her a letter –"
"Which she received," I struck in, "when she was dressing for her marriage? At twenty minutes to nine?"
"At the hour and minute," said Herbert, nodding, "at which she afterwards stopped all the clocks." (2.22.55)
Miss Havisham documented her grief, froze it like a mosquito in amber for all posterity. Satis House is another universe that does not abide by the rules of time or society, and yet it embodies to Pip all of that which seems unattainable in life.
If the wind and the rain had driven away the intervening years, had scattered all the intervening objects, had swept us to the churchyard where we first stood face to face on such different levels, I could not have known my convict more distinctly than I knew him now, as he sat in the chair before the fire. (2.39.28)
Time, while powerful, is not the most powerful force in this novel. There are emotions and memories far more powerful than time.